The First Week of Advent
But just looking at the current moment, the First Sunday of Advent is the start of a new Liturgical Year which will take us from the waiting and preparation for the holy Nativity, through the life and teachings, death and Resurrection of Christ, and beyond.
As with the secular “New Year” it’s a time to renew good intentions, an opportunity to make a sacred New Year’s Resolution to keep Christ in every-day thoughts and actions in the midst of so much busy-ness in life, especially in the current season of shopping and over-indulgence. For my "resolution" I want to think more about shopping for Saving in a new way – how can I add more to my spiritual budget for the eternal future of my soul and spend less of my spirit being consumed with the short-term, material stuff of this temporal earth-bound life?
Paul tells us this week in 1 Corinthians 1:3-9: “…for in every way you have been enriched…in speech and knowledge of every kind…so you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Dear God of Patience in Waiting,
Let me begin yet again, especially this first week of Advent, to find and use those gifts each day for the glory of You, the love of Jesus, and to prepare the way of the Lord for the here and now, and, for eternity. amen.
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